Marilyn Manson on Sitting Out Presidential Election: 'I Don't Find Either Candidate to My Liking'

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Marilyn Manson attends FX's "Son Of Anarchy" Premiere at TCL Chinese Theatre on Sept. 6, 2014 in Hollywood, Calif. 

For all his transgressive behavior and lyrics, Marilyn Manson is a voter. Or, rather, he has voted in the presidential elections of the past, but most certainly won't be doing so this year. As the shock rocker tells Rolling Stone: "I don't find either candidate to my liking, so I choose to stand out of this one."

And before you start rolling your eyes and saying "duh" about the "President Dead" singer best known for burning bibles, hocking loogies and cutting himself onstage proclaiming that he's not participating in the lamestream democratic system, let Brian Warner explain.

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"I don't think that's a coward's stance," he told the magazine. "A lot of people might say that. I just don't really want to be a part of this piece of history. Last time, I did want to be involved in some piece of history as a voter." Manson voted for President Obama in 2012 but said he didn't cast a ballot in the 2000 George W. Bush election because "I don't believe that it's a legitimate system anymore or if it ever was," noting that both Bush and democratic challenger Al Gore had spoken out about his music.

He also told an interviewer in 2004 that he was not going to weigh in on Bush vs. then-Senator John Kerry because "it's not a matter of me thinking my vote is going to make a difference or not... it's a matter of I don't have an interest in either person." He did cast a presidential ballot for the first time in 2008 for then-Senator Barack Obama and again in 2012, even though he "never believed" in the two-party system. 

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This year, however, he just can't do it, specifically singling out Republican candidate Donald Trump and saying he just doesn't do it for him (without offering an opinion on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton). "You're asking what I think about Trump, and it's a tough call because if you look back at old presidents that have been in the past, and you weren't old enough to know how they lived their lives, and you didn't live in the era that was so media-saturated and internet and just so many opinions swirling around, the world seems a bit chaotic more than it should be," he said. "But then when you simplify it, it isn't more chaotic. It just comes down to two things: Who has more charisma, and who are they appealing to. And neither one of them appeal to me."

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